RIP Walter Cronkite

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    The VOICE of the news is gone?! Damn! I met him once @ 8 yrs ago. nice man too!
     
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    Walter Cronkite was truly one of a kind. RIP Sir.
     
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    Oh damn it all to hell.

    It's the passing of an era. Pure quality. That's my first memory of him too.
     
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    Yes, one of a kind indeed. I too sense an era is passing (and I'm admittedly a little unsettled as to what is coming next).

    Cronkite lived to be 92 years old. And that alone was a blessing, even if not for his well deserved place in history.
     
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    Oh that's so sad. He was one of kind. I remember as a child the historic 1969 moon landing and his wonderful voice. Some it was released on a 45 record and i got one. There will never be another Walter Cronkite.
     
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    A kind and gentle and wise man who will be greatly missed.


    I shall now return to blubbering like a fool because this is tearing me apart.
     
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    After his wife died in 2005, he started dating Carly Simon's sister!

    He grew up in Houston and went to school in Austin and had strong Texas connections his whole life, including of course his famous coverage of the events in Dallas, 1963.
     
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    RIP Walter
     
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    He was a giant. The world has a void now that won't easily be filled. This is sad news, indeed.
     
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    Yeah, there was a guy who lived his own life, and did so with integrity. Thank you, sir.
     
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    1977, graduating from college in Great Britain, I couldn't wait to get back to the United States, Baseball and Walter Cronkite.
    News ain't news no more.
     
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    SO SAD to hear
    RIP Walter
    American = to
    Alastair Cooke, (letter from America)
    same era i geuss'
    as far as Voices from America (to New Zealand) went
    enz
     
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    he lived a long life pretty well done
     
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    The news dies long before Cronkite died, and it's a shame that he had to see it go before his time.
     
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    Aww gee, the news hasn't been the same since he retired and now he's gone. :frown1: No one before or since has had the journalistic integrity and strong, onscreen presence he had.

    Just think there is a whole generation of young people that don't know what it's like to be able to trust your television newscaster. :frown1:
     
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    There is a god, the proof is he gave a great man 92 years here on earth. It's a sad time right now for an entire country, RIP sir.
     
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    It is arguable that since the Kennedy assassination, no man has wielded the power of public opinion to the degree that Walter Cronkite did. That power he used sparingly, carefully, and with measure. It is no accident that Johnson's assertion that if he lost Cronkite then he had lost middle America. Johnson misspoke. He had lost all of America and chose not to run for a second term.

    In those days there were just three national news anchors and nobody watched the other two. If Cronkite reported a news item, then you knew it had happened as he reported it. It was the philosophy of CBS News that news was to be a public good, a public trust, and for decades the news division actually lost money. Stories had to be checked, rechecked, and then edited for assurance that the story itself was true and evenly delivered. The voice of that philosophy was Walter Cronkite.

    Cronkite was stoic yet warm, smiling at good news, rarely frowning at bad, and when he editorialized, he did so with such measured reason that he carried the authority of public opinion because he was so honest in all his other reporting. Even if we didn't completely understand the complexities behind the news he was reporting, and with a mere half hour of national and world news a day that most people received they rarely did, Cronkite's opinion came to be trusted more than any other person alive; more than the pope, more than the president, more than Billy Graham.

    He was not a beautiful man, not a pretty face. His set was plain, his clothing that of a reporter, not a fashion model. There were no splashy graphics, just film clips and pictures with occasional graphs and charts. The news from Cronkite was from Cronkite, not the channel or the station. During Vietnam and Watergate, Cronkite delivered the good and bad news as he saw it despite the wrath of the government coming down upon CBS when, "Uncle Walter," said something they didn't like. Spin, as we know it today, had no place in his broadcast nor in his interviews. If he was giving an opinion, he said it was his opinion. If what he reported was unpopular, he said it anyway. We trusted Walter Cronkite to such a degree because he was like us. Liberal or Conservative, Cronkite called the news as he saw it, working assiduously to stay as impartial as he could be, and we all knew he was speaking as a reporter who believed in capital, 'J', Journalism.

    Looking around, there are few reporters still around from his era and none who reached quite the ability to guide America through some of its darkest hours with a quiet assurance. This man told us of the death of a president, the resignation of another, that a war was lost, that a vice-president was a tax cheat, that Nixon was going to China, and yes, that Elvis had died. In the tremendous social upheaval of the 60s and 70s, Cronkite could speak to both ends of the spectrum and all respected him because his agenda was the truth told as news, and editorial offered with the measured consideration of the impartiality he so prized because Walter Cronkite knew that when he spoke, the nation believed what he said.

    I dearly wish those of you too young to remember him will take some time to view some of the tributes offered because I don't think you will ever see a journalist like him.
     
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    Again, another well written piece, Jason.

    Real newsmen (and women) are a rare breed today. Most of them seem from the school of Howard Beale. News "shows" have replaced the unbiased delivery of news, and the "anchors" are hell bent on not only telling us the news, but what our opinion on it should be.

    The few times Cronkite actually gave his opinion (on the Vietnam War for example) he told us up front.

    And so it was those qualities - that of truly caring about what he was reporting, that of delivering the truth: uncolored, unfettered, and unbiased, and that intangible fatherlike personality, that made Cronkite the most trusted name in news.
     
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